Fundamentals of Precalculus

MTH 111 Precalculus

Fall 2014 - Course Webpage
The website is the course syllabus
Definition of Precalculus

Fundamentals of Precalculus

MATH 111 COURSE INFORMATION


New prerequiste requirement for MTH131 and MTH141. C- or better in MTH 111.

Please fill out the SALG Survey (clicking on the link in the email) that your instructor sent to you last week. This will help us improve the course. Thank you.

Final Exam

  • Final Exam Thursday December 11 7:00pm-10:00pm.
  • ALL sections Edwards Aud.
  • Final Exam is comprehensive. All chapters (including Chapter 4, sections 4.1 - 4.4)
  • Final Exam will have 40 muliple choice questions. You will need a pencil for the exam. The exam will be graded with a Scantron system.
  • Use Exams 1, 2, 3 for a partial review. Chapter 4, sections 4.1 - 4.4 will also be on the final exam.
  • No question allowed during the exam.
  • Basic function (+, -, ×, ÷) calculators are the ONLY calculators permitted on exams.
  • No electronic devices, e.g. cell phones, ipods.
  • A cellphone CANNOT be used as a calculator!
  • Students MUST have an ID with them to take the exam.
  • Bring one or two pencils. Do NOT use a pen.
  • Leave book bags at home.
  • No extra sheets of paper are allowed.
  • If you feel sick, notify your instructor BEFORE the exam.
  • If you have conflict with the exam time, notify your instructor BEFORE the exam. See below for make-up exam policy.
  • Failure to show up for the exam, will result in a zero for the exam.

  • SI Homework Sessions
    Day/Time Location SI HW Session Cooridnator(s)
    Monday 4:00pm - 5:30pm Woodward 318 Mike Perella
    Monday 5:30pm - 7:00pmQuinn 314 Courtney Graham




  • Calendar

    Course Materials

    Attendance and Advice

    Exams and Grade Evaluation

    Calculators

    Sakai

    MTH111 Learning Outcomes and Objectives

    WebWork

    Tutoring Center

      Students with Disabilities

    Mathlets

    Placement Exam


     

    Course Material

    Text

    Fundamentals of Precalculus 2nd edition, by M. Dugopolski, Pearson Publishing (Custom Edition for URI or Standard Edition)

    Calculators

    A calculator is not needed on exams. Exam permitted calculator.

    Check with your instructor (before you go to an exam) if you are not sure if the calculator you have can be used on the exams.


     

    WeBWorK Online Homework System


     

    Exams and Grade Evaluation

    There will be an evening placement exam, three common evening exams, and a common final exam this semester.
    Exam Time/Date Location by section number
    Placement Exam 6:00pm - 7:30pm Wed. Sept. 3 All sections Edwards Aud
    Exam 1 7:00pm - 8:30pm Wed. Oct. 1 (Barnes, Bertrand, Khyat,Estabrooks, Kodess) Sections 5,6,10,13,15,17 CBLS 100
    (Traficante, Zisk, O'Reilly) Sections 3, 16, 20 QUIN AUD
    (Dougan, Guillaume, Hadley) Sections 2,4,22 EAST HALL AUD
    (Gerheim, Hem, Marcott) Sections 1, 7,9,21 SWAN AUD
    (Faella) Section 12 LIPPITT 204
    (Dobruskin) Section 14 LIPPITT 205
    Exam 2 7:00pm - 8:30pm Wed. Nov. 5 (Barnes, Bertrand, Khyat,Estabrooks, Kodess,Traficante, Zisk, O'Reilly) Sections 3, 5,6,10,13,15,16, 17, 20 Chafee 271
    (Dougan, Guillaume, Hadley) Sections 2,4,22 EAST HALL AUD
    (Gerheim, Hem, Marcott) Sections 1, 7,9,21 SWAN AUD
    (Faella) Section 12 LIPPITT 204
    (Dobruskin) Section 14 LIPPITT 205
    Exam 3 7:00pm - 8:30pm Wed. Dec. 3 (Barnes, Bertrand, Khyat,Estabrooks, Kodess,Traficante, Zisk, O'Reilly) Sections 3, 5,6,10,13,15,16, 17, 20 Chafee 271
    (Dougan, Guillaume, Hadley) Sections 2,4,22 EAST HALL AUD
    (Gerheim, Hem, Marcott) Sections 1, 7,9,21 SWAN AUD
    (Faella) Section 12 LIPPITT 204
    (Dobruskin) Section 14 LIPPITT 205
    Final Exam 7:00pm - 10:00pm Thurs. Dec. 11 All sections Edwards Aud

    The following policies apply to all exams, and no exceptions will be made.

    3 Exams 300 pts, 100 pts each
    Final Exam 200 pts
    Online WeBWorK Homework 50 pts
    In class Pretests 75 pts
    Class work 75 pts
    TOTAL 700 pts

    A (92% - 100%) A- (90% - 91%) B+ (87% - 89%) B (82% - 86%) B- (80% - 81%) C+ (77% - 79%)
    C (72% - 76%) C- (70% - 71%) D+ (67% - 69%) D (60% - 66%) F (0% - 59%)
    Compute Grade -> (your total points)/700 * 100 = your percentage


    REMARKS


     

    Policy on Make-ups for Exams

    The following policies apply to all Make-up exams, and no exceptions will be made.



     

    Placement Exam

    MTH111 requires passing a placement exam as a prerequisite, see http://web.uri.edu/catalog/course-descriptions/ The placement exam will be given on Wednesday September 3 6pm to 7:30pm in Edwards Aud.. ALL STUDENTS must take the placement exam. The placement exam consists of questions from basic algebra and college algebra. The placement exam is a 20 question multiple choice exam. A score below 60% (11 or fewer questions correct) implies that you do not meet the prerequisite for MTH111.

  • Practice Placement Exam
    • Practice Placement Exam
    • Practice Placement Exam Answers
    • The practice placement exam is not multiple choice. The actual placement exam will be multiple choice.
    • A calculator is not needed on the placement exam, however you may use a basic function (+, -, ×, ÷) calculator on the placement exam.
    • If you did well in a good high school Algebra II course and remember most of it, you'll do fine.
    • Passing the Placement Exam does not guarantee a passing grade for the course.
    • Precalulus class time cannot be used to cover needed prerequisite knowledge. However, if you fail the Placement exam, we are providing additional material via online WeBWorK homework system that you must complete to help you make up missing prerequisite knowledge.


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    In class Pretest

    Before each exam there will be an in class pretest worth 25 points.
    In class Pretest Date
    In class Pretest 1 Sept. 25 for a TTh class or Sept. 26 for a MWF class
    In class Pretest 2 Oct. 30 for a TTh class or Oct. 31 for a MWF class
    In class Pretest 3 Nov. 24 for a TTh class or Nov. 25 for a MWF class
    The questions are non-multiple choice and similar to the multiple choice evening exam questions. This does NOT replace or add points to your exam grade. These points are separate from your exam points and are REQUIRED points.


     

    MTH111 Learning Outcomes and Objectives

    The primary goal of MTH 111 is to prepare you for calculus (MTH131 or MTH141). The calculus sequence is often an essential step toward degree and career objectives, so MTH 111 is also such a step. Thus MTH 111 is aimed at the student for whom it will be the first of an important series of courses rather than a last math course. New prerequiste requirement for MTH131 and MTH141. Passing a placement test or C- or better in MTH 111. This course is NOT a good choice simply to fulfill a general education requirement. It demands a very substantial amount of hard work for 3 credits. In order to succeed in this course and future math courses, you will have to master the following 9 Precalculus Competency Areas (PCA).


     

    Attendance and Advice

    The math department expects that you will give this course 12-14 hours per week of your undivided attention, in addition to class time. Class attendance is required and will be recorded. However, no direct point values will be associated with attendance. The key to success in this course is the problem material. It is very important that you try all the assigned problems listed on the syllabus and do all of the WeBWorK problems. The problems chosen for each textbook section indicate what we feel is important in that section and which ideas and skills you should focus on. Also, an important part of this course is strengthening your algebra skills and using them in new ways. Much of your success in precalculus depends on your grasp of basic algebra (see placement exam above)-- be prepared to review basic algebra and seek help as needed.


     

    Students with Disabilities

    Any student with a documented disability should contact your instructor early in the semester so that he or she may work out reasonable accommodations with you to support your success in this course. Students should also contact Disability Services for Students: Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 874-2098. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.


     

    Sakai

    Sakai is being used in part for this course. All math 111 instructors have a Sakai site for their math 111 section. The Sakai site will contain your grades and how the classwork points will be given. Your instructor might place other important class material in the Sakai course shell. Check with your instructor. You can access Sakai at the following web address: https://sakai.uri.edu/portal/ Use your e-campus id and your URI Webmail password.